The Columbus Blue Jackets conclude their season Saturday night when they visit the New York Islanders. However, Jackets’ head coach Todd Richards may have a little more coaching to do before enjoying the offseason.
According to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, Richards is expected to be named Team USA’s head coach for the World Hockey Championships.
Richards is no stranger to the international game. The 48-year-old Minnesota native served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. He was also an assistant coach of the U.S. team at the 2010 World Championship in Germany.
On Wednesday Hockey Canada announced its management staff for the tournament, which begins May 1.
The Columbus Blue Jackets’ extended their win streak to five games with a 3-2 overtime win over Washington Capitals Thursday night.
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves and Nick Foligno’s netted the overtime winner at 4:41 of the extra period.
“We battled, I was so proud of our penalty kill, that’s a hell of a power play over there and we gained momentum from it when we killed them off,” said Foligno post-game. “We did a lot of good things, we stuck to our guns. We kept the puck down low and played against a really really good hockey team that we’re chasing in the standings.”
Foligno had a pair in the win and now has 13 on the season – five shy of his career best (18), which he reached last season.
Defenseman Kevin Connauton had the other goal for Columbus.
Eric Fehr and Troy Brouwer had the Washington goals.
“That’s one of the growing processes we have to go through,” Columbus coach Todd Richards said. “When things weren’t going well for us [earlier in the season] we didn’t respond the right way. So a positive sign about tonight is that despite being down 1-0 and 2-1, the guys stuck with it. We got some saves when we needed it, but the guys stuck with it.”
The loss snaps the Capitals three-game winning streak.
Braden Holtby made 20 saves in the loss.
Boone Jenner’s second of the season midway through the third period stood to be the winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 Monday night.
The win was the Jackets’ first since Nov. 15 snapping a six-game skid.
Columbus rookie Kerby Rychel picked up his first career NHL point on Jenner’s game winner.
“At the end of the day it’s our building. We want to capitalize on our home games for our fans,” Jenner said. “(Kerby) brought his game and was perfect for us tonight.”
Matt Calvert’s third of the season opened the scoring in the first period.
“We simplified our game and got to the net,” said Nick Foligno. “That’s the mentality we need to carry over to the next game.”
Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves to improve to 6-8-1 on the season.
Bobrovsky avoided injury pre-game after colliding knee-on-knee with teammate Michael Chaput.
“The guys stepped up tonight. This is the way we have to win…a 2-1 game, for me, is perfect,” said coach Todd Richards. “I would love to see more goals like (Boone’s). We need to have the mentality of getting to the paint.”
Florida rookie Aaron Ekblad had the lone Panthers goal. Al Montoya made 21 saves in the loss.